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Dream notes of VR stasis

Sometimes I have wacky dreams and then wake up. I quickly grab my laptop and type out what I remember, because I know it'll all be gone within the minute. Unfortunately, sometimes, I'm not quite fully functional as I'm typing, and my notes don't really help me recall things all that much better. Here is an example from last night, verbatim what I typed:

Going back in time ina VR/time travel machine to reduce te hillary election. But there are evil dudes. We are doing it like real life, but more. But then suddenly the vr mahchien (like on a big pilar0 stops. we're stopped. adn then me, millem dafoe, and a girl maybepl yaing hol'em.

and hten ink the VR work, me adn teh oterh guy are getting tested supre speed.
boobooboobooboobooboo boing! arms strapped, floating in slappers, flip perosn around, legs go up , etc. i was hoping for happy hour. cf

Um.... Right, Kenneth. *backs away slowly from self*

So what I remember now is that I was with a group of people (including Willem Dafoe) going back in time through some sort of giant cylindrical time machine. The part that's still vivid is that it suddenly turned out we were actually in a virtual reality world, and we were no longer in control of ourselves. We were frozen in place, and then our unseen captors started toying with us to interrogate us.

Imagine seeing someone suspended in mid-air, and then flickering rapidly into different positions, far faster than a physical body could possibly move. It was like a glitchy recording or Max Headroom talking or something. Both Willem Dafoe's and my own arms and legs were just rapidly oscillating back and forth, and then they'd suddenly stop in some unlikely arrangement. (That's what the booboobooboo boing bit was about, I think.)

Hm. I'm doing a poor job of describing it, but I guess I found it fascinating because it wasn't something I had actually seen in any movie or anything; it seemed like an actually novel way to mess with someone in a VR world. I might have to draw it or animate it at some point.

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